Caitlin Davies was born in London in 1964. She spent 12 years in Botswana as a teacher and journalist and many of her books are set in the Okavango Delta, including a memoir Place of Reeds, described by Hilary Mantel as 'candid and unsentimental', and the novel Black Mulberries.
Her most recent novels are The Ghost of Lily Painter, a fictional account of the arrest and execution of two Edwardian baby farmers, and Family Likeness about the fate of 'war babies' born to African American GI fathers in England during World War Two.
Her non-fiction books include Taking the Waters: A Swim Around Hampstead Heath, a celebration of 200 years of outdoor bathing, an illustrated history of the world famous Camden Lock Market, and Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames. She is currently writing 'Bad Girls': the history of Holloway Prison, to be published by John Murray in 2018, as well as a novel, Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World, based on the lives of several Victorian aquatic stars.
She is also a teacher and journalist, and was a regular feature writer for The Independent's education and careers supplement. Since 2014 she has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster, Harrow, in the faculty of Media, Arts & Design. Her website is www.caitlindavies.co.uk